Santa Claus arrives at Yankee Candle Village

The crowd traditionally numbers in the thousands

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The waiting is over; Santa’s arrival at Yankee Candle is now complete. The man in the red suit touched down in South Deerfield Saturday morning in style.

Santa’s arrival at Yankee Candle is always an eagerly awaited event by families from all over, ready to kick-start the Christmas season.

Some have traveled long distances to meet Santa and his bride.

Lauren Lepage, who was visiting family in Chicopee, said, “These kids just moved from Hawaii after three years, and the little one hasn’t seen snow yet.”

Jamie Allsop of East Longmeadow said, “We’re here today just to get into the Christmas spirit, even though it’s raining.”

There were free antlers for the kids, and selfies galore with dear old Santa for the crowd, which traditionally numbers in the thousands.

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